Simply Raw offers a range of delicious and nutritious 100% organic raw vegan desserts (amongst other goodies) that are absolutely amazing!! All hand-made with love by these beautiful girls, my bet is that they're gonna be the next
Tell us the story of how your business Simply Raw was born. And what sparked your inspiration to do this?The idea of 'Simply Raw' came about 2 years ago. My weak point has always been on sweets. Once I moved further away from processed sugars, additives, and chemically sprayed food it got harder and harder to find desserts that had the ingredients I wanted and the flavours I love. I found that most vegan food I could buy were lacking in flavour, which I didn't want to compromise. I found myself making more and more desserts at home and experimenting with food. I found all my joy and passion in making desserts, experimenting with food and nutrition and seeing the happiness in peoples faces enjoying my food. It makes me so happy!
Then from August last year there was no doubt surrounding it anymore; this is what I want to do with my life. Educating the world about nutrition, healthy food and their benefits. And on top of that showing people that vegan food is not just healthy, but is absolutely and uncompromisably delicious!
What is the first thing you typically reach for to start your day?I always start the day with a delicious super-smoothie or a fresh pressed fruit and veg juice. They give me the energy I need for a great start in the day.
How did you first find out about raw foods?I've always preferred raw veggies over cooked veggies. I love a big salad of fresh cut fruit and veg (whatever I can get my hands on), throw it all in a bowl with a beautiful dressing and enjoy! I started learning more about the nutrition of raw food compared to that of cooked food once I turned vegan. I've learned the most about raw food nutrition from David 'Avocado' Wolfe through his amazing books and newsletters.
How much raw food do you include in your diet?My diet is about 90-95% raw. I usually start my day with a fresh juice, have some fruit/veg/snacks throughout the day and a big salad at night. I have rice or stir fried veg once or twice a week - whenever my body tells me it's craving some Thai Food or Sushi :)
Do you have any "must haves" that you enjoy every day?
My "must have" is my juice in the morning. I don't feel the energy to get going with it. Come dinner time, I'm craving a big bowl of fresh salad and a bucket full of 'Luv Bites xox' chocolate as dessert. Yummo!
What have you experienced and noticed in regards to your health since incorporating more raw foods in your diet?
My life has changed significantly ever since I changed my diet. I don't get sick anymore, I am much more relaxed, my skin is so much smoother, I feel energised, I feel happy, I feel balanced and the most important part: I feel healthy! Note: There is a significant difference from organic food and non organic food. Vegan is not = Vegan. It is a lifestyle choice. To get the best result: 1. Buy organic
2. Eat as much raw as possible 3. Keep fit 4. Keep your nutritional levels up 5. Find your balance and happiness 6. Make sure you focus on 'Number One' (YOU)
Can you give us your most creative and delicious vegan snack idea?
When you first went vegan, what was the most challenging aspect of your new lifestyle? How did you overcome those obstacles?When I first went vegan, the biggest challenge was to understand ingredients, understand their effect on your body, read all the labels on products you buy and getting to know the variety of amazing food that's out there in the world to explore. You need to face the challenge and start listening to your body. Your body will tell you what food it's craving. Follow and listen to as many like-minded people as possible and share experiences. I've been vegan for 6 years now, read a lot of books and follow a lot of inspiring raw vegan people all over the world; and I'm still learning every day. There is so much out there!
Have there been any books or people that have been of great inspiration to you on your journey?I first began reading books from various vegan authors; the main person that inspired me and taught me the most I know about nutrition, raw food and its benefits is David Wolfe. He taught me to appreciate and enjoy the treasures that are full of delicious nutrition our earth is spoiling us with.
Words to live by…Happiness, Passion, Love, Friendship, Dreams, Support, Sharing.
Janine is the founder of delicious organic raw vegan desserts 'Simply Raw', which focuses on high nutrition, and the amazing benefits of raw food without compromising flavour. Janine has been vegan for over 6 years. Inspired from vegan enterpreneurs all over the world, her focus is on educating and sharing her knowledge about vegan goodness and its benefits through her delicious food.
If you'd like to get your hands on some of these, pop down to Taylor Square Markets this Saturday and mention 'eat-more-plants' for a 10% discount. Or choose your poison here and email the girls for your special order.